Skip to main content

The McBride Sisters of Truvée Wines

The McBride Sisters of Truvée Wines were in town this week introducing their wines to the Houston market. At a press luncheon at Coppa Osteria, members of the media had the opportunity to hear their story and taste this new line of wines now conveniently available at Kroger's grocery stores. The name Truvée is derived from the French verb that means to find, a fitting name as I learned, after hearing their history. 

Robin and Andréa McBride grew up without each other. They had the same father but they had different mothers and they did not know that the other existed. Interestingly, they were both being raised in up and coming wine regions on opposite sides of the globe. Robin, the elder sister, grew up in Monterey, California, surrounded by vineyards leading to her early career in technical sales and the international importing and exporting of wine. Younger sister, Andréa, was growing up in Marlborough, New Zealand, where she was introduced to the wine industry via the business of grape growing by her uncle in Spring Creek.

When their father learned that he was dying, his final wish was to find both of his daughters and unite them. Their father, unfortunately, did not live to see this dream realized but his brother made sure that this connection was completed and that the two girls would find each other. The two sisters were brought together by their father's family in 1999 and their mutual passion for wine led them to begin a wine import business together. They would later create eco.love Wines, a sustainable wine company making Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir wines in New Zealand. 

The McBride sisters then brought their vision to California's Central Coast sourcing grapes from some of the best vineyards in Chalone, Monterey, Edna Valley, San Benito and Paso Robles to create both a Chardonnay and a Red Blend made from Grenache, Syrah, Merlot and Zinfandel, both created in a fresh approachable style. Their goal was to make high quality yet affordable wines that would showcase the terroir of California's Central Coast. Their dream has come to fruition with Truvée Wines.

I particularly enjoyed the Chardonnay which was sourced from several vineyards that were selected for their sustainable practices. The wine has lush tropical aromas and flavors with a honeysuckle floral nuance and a touch of minerality and spice. The wine is only partially aged in oak and less than half undergoes malolactic fermentation creating a fresh, juicy style with a lingering crisp, green apple finish. The wine paired beautifully with the fritto misto at lunch. Highly recommended and priced at under $16 a bottle.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Nocera - A Native Grape from Sicily

Nocera is a native grape from Sicily. It comes from the Messina province which is located in the northeast. Nocera is a quality red wine grape that is most known as a blender in the red wines of the Faro DOC. I had the opportunity to taste some pure versions (which according to Wine Searcher are rare) this week at a trade tasting held at Roma Restaurant in Houston. Wine production in the region dates back to the 14th Century BC, however, phylloxera decimated the vineyard area in 1881 leaving it at a fraction of its original size. The area boasts a Mediterranean climate with sunny days and coastal breezes, moderate rainfall, and mild winters, all ideal for grape growing. The Nocera grape is a bluish/black color and has a thick skin which allows for the production of structured wines with prominent tannins which are balanced by good acidity. High alcohol is common. Red wines produced from the grapes are an intense ruby color with purple highlights and aromas and flavors of dark fruits a

The Villa Sandi Houston Sommelier Competition Winners

This past Sunday, Taste of Italy - Houston held The Villa Sandi Houston Sommelier Competition at the Hilton Post Oak in collaboration with the Italian American Chamber of Commerce . The competition was orchestrated to help local sommeliers hone their both their service and test taking skills while showcasing their knowledge of all things wine. Competitors started with a deductive tasting and theory exam and concluded with a table service exam. The winners were announce on Monday morning at the opening of the Taste of Italy - Houston. Tony Elsinga won the top prize of $750 along with a trip to Italy. Mark Fusco was the first runner up also winning $750 and and Carlos Rosas was the second runner up earning a $500 prize. Each winner also was a gifted a jerobaum bottle of Villa Sandi Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore.  The competition was originally conceived by Jaime Deleon , the Adult Beverage Sales Manager for Kroger's Houston Division and an Advanced Sommelier in the Court of Mast

The Ultimate Zinfandel Experience - ZinEX

In the September issue of Galveston Monthly, I'm celebrating California Wine Month with the Golden State's signature grape, Zinfandel. I am also sharing information on the ultimate experience for Zinfandel lovers, ZinEX, get more information on that event at  https://zinfandelexperience.com/